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The Boat Listing
Details of over 40,000 individual boats registered on British Waterways and Environment Agency Waters.
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For more information about the Boat Listing see About the Boat Listing
Note: The details of individual boats have been taken from files kindly supplied by the navigation authorities so will reflect their records. If you find a record is not correct please check with the navigation authority to ensure that their records are updated but note that this listing is only updated once each year so many updates will not be reflected in this listing until the following year. For more details see the Boat Listing Information page.
Types of Boat
Leisure Boats - Modern Narrowboats, Cruisers and other craft intended for recreational use. For rowing and sculling boats see separate entry.
Working Narrowboats - The narrowboats used during the commercial carrying days of the canals.
Wide Beam Working Boat - Barges, trows, flats, keels, wherries and other broad beam commercial boats.
Maintenance Craft - Dredger, icebreaker, tug and work flat.
Compartment and Container Boats - Tub boats, Tom puddings and other container boats.
Rowing and Sculling boats - Ancient and modern craft propelled by oars or sculls.
Fishing Boat - Boats, old and current, which are used mainly for inland or estary fishing.
Other Types of Boat - Ferries, College Barges, Packet boats, Inspection Boats, Gun Punt etc.
Other Boats and Boating Pages
Bantam Tug Listing A listing of all the Bantam Tugs built by E C Jones & Son (Brentford) Ltd.
Bantam Tugs All about these push-pull tugs built in the 1950s and 60s.
Introducing Canal Boating How to choose a boat, navigation basics, working locks.
Getting Afloat Some points to be considered when buying a boat.
Craft and Lock Dimensions More information about boat and lock sizes.
Safe and Friendly Cruisng Advice on boating etiquette from the leading inland waterways organisations.
River Thames Lock Sizes Individual lock sizes for each Thames lock.
Navigation Authorities Addresses, contact details and wateraways covered by all the navigation authorities for which information is available.